Discontent with the current state of the NHS, and in particular with its funding, has rumbled on with marches at the weekend; yet more proposals for a ‘hypothecated NHS tax’ to raise funds (and the counter arguments); pledges that more is being given than ever before, […]
Monday’s cabinet reshuffle has opened up some interesting possibilities. With Jeremy Hunt not only staying on as Secretary of State for Health, he has now widened his official remit / title to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with the current Department of Health […]
From 23 October, there will be a legal obligation on every hospital department in England to check every patient’s immigration status before treating them, to see if they are required to pay for their care. In addition, charges are being extended to community health services. […]
Late in June, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) abolished the role of Disability Commissioner. This happened 36 hours before Lord Shinkwin, newly appointed to the role, was due to hold his first board meeting. Shinkwin explains that EHRC’s chair, David Isaac, had declared […]
Why the rush to change blood donation deferral policies for commercial sex workers & men who have sex with men?
Commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM) in Britain and Scotland are to be allowed to donate blood three months after they last had sex (see also here, hereand here). The rule changes will come into force at blood donation centres in Scotland in November and […]